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  WRC    News 4 Today at 6    News  News/Business. New.  

    July 8, 2011
    6:00 - 7:00am EDT  

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east of richmond and southeastern richmond getting
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very heavy rain there. more likely flooding rain. these are very slow moving, thundering showers and thunderstorms that are rolling along and moving a lot of rain. they are heading north and northeast. they're going to move into the northern neck perhaps the next half hour, 45 minutes. because they are moving so slow, they will likely be producing flooding. watch out for that. that's going to be heading into the northern neck perhaps in another half hour or so, 45 minutes. and then a little later than that, it may move into southern maryland, st. mary's county, perhaps around 7:00 or so this morning, and then track off toward the north and east from there. locally, we don't have any storms around. it's a steamy morning. we're in the low to mid-70s throughout much of the area. there's the sunrise over the potomac river. by 9:00, we still may have a little sun in parts of the area near 80. greater chance of heavy downpours even around the metro area, throughout much of virginia and maryland, west virginia, as we get toward the afternoon and into the evening
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with thunder and lightning as well and the potential for flooding. a look at the night planner in ten minutes. danella, good morning. how's the commute? >> we have fire activity shutting down the 1300 block of "u" street in d.c. please avoid that area. as we head up to maryland, we have a disabled vehicle on the inner loop of the beltway right as you approach new hampshire avenue. so far i'm seeing congestion build out of urbana. as you can see, as you head down towards clarksburg, it's a short ride for you. checking out 95, still heavy as you make your way out of dale city. as you head towards lorton, roads are open. no major delays as of yet. as you continue onto 395, no delays for you there either. joe and eun, back to you. we're on top of breaking news right now at 6:02. a fire is on "u" street in the 1300 block there. melissa mollet is live with the
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latest. melissa, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you, eun. "u" street between 13th and 14th completely shut down because of the fire. firefighters still out here on the scene. they will be wrapping things up here shortly. luckily, no one injured. here's what happened. 5:00 a.m. this morning, somebody walking by a business here noticed flames coming from inside "u" beer and wine. firefighters arrived, saw heavy fire coming from the front of that building. investigators tell me, because of the layout of the store, some spaces were a bit difficult to get to. the beer and wine is completely destroyed. glass in the front of that building broken out. everything inside looks charred from where we are across the street and then two businesses above it, a hair salon and a karate studio were danled as well. we don't know the extent of that damage. right now nobody injured. investigators still out here on the scene trying to determine exactly what caused this fire. as soon as we get any additional information, or if the street
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reopens, we'll pass that along. live in northwest, melissa mollet, news 4. back to you, eun. >> melissa, that's a very busy area. can you tell how many blocks are closed off? >> reporter: right now it's just the one block. we're here at 14th and "u," and it's just this one section behind me down to 13th. it is real busy, a lot of people coming up and going down a different side street. perhaps that would be your best bet if you're coming out any time soon. >> melissa mollet, live in northwest. thanks so much. new from overnight, a carjacking that closed several streets in northeast d.c. the actual carjacking occurred in odenton in anne arundel county at 2:20 this morning. police say two men held up another man at gunpoint and took off in his car. officers eventually caught up with the stolen vehicle and chased the suspects into the district. the suspects eventually crashed and bailed out of the car. police did catch one of them. they're still looking for the other. all the streets that were closed have now been reopened. traffic is moving again on northbound lanes of the
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baltimore washington parkway hours after a serious accident closed the major roadway. four people were hurt when the car they were in flew off the road and into the woods near route 197 in laurel. all four were flown to the hospital in serious condition. investigators are still piecing together what led to that crash. one man is dead after he was hit by a car while changing a tire on the beltway. the accident stopped traffic on the 495 for nearly four hours yesterday. he was struck on the flyover ramp on 495. all together, five people were taken to the hospital, two of them children, after a chain reaction crash. police why michigan are investigating a shooting spree that left eight people dead, including the gunman. it happened in grand rapids, michigan, which is in the western part of the state. police say roderick dansler shot four people in one home, then three others on the other side of town. he then took three people
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hostage inside an apartment, holding them for hours. police were trying to negotiate with him, and dansler released one hostage before turning the gun on himself. he was recently released from prison, but police do not know his motives for the shootings. this morning casey anthony is waking up in jail, but she's not going to stay there very long. she will be released next sunday, july 13th. a judge sentenced her to four years in prison for lying about her daughter's appearance. she was given credit for time served and for good behavior. but the court is not finished with her. anthony could be charged with the cost of searching for her daughter and the cost of trying the case. there is now a campaign under way to require parents to notify police immediately about their child's disappearance. supporters say it would be called caylee's law. it's now 6:06. today should give us a sense of how the economy is faring. the labor department will release a june jobs report later this morning. most economists expect better numbers than may's report.
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just 54,000 jobs were created that month. analysts believe employers added 120,000 jobs in june. even with those improved numbers, the unemployment rate is expected to hold steady at 9.1%. and lawmakers will work through the weekend to try to hammer out a debt reduction solution. president obama called the latest rounds of talks, quote, both frank and constructive." he added both sides are still far apart, but everyone agreed there will be political pain on both sides before an agreement is reached. lawmakers have until august 2nd to prevent the government from defaulting on loans. they will meet again on sunday. the duke and duchess of cambridge will arrive in los angeles today after a busy nine days in canada. they'll arrive at the beverly hilton and then go to a private reception at british consulate general's home. for the most part, people are
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just excited. >> i haven't really heard of royalty coming to america, especially to l.a., so i think it's really cool they're coming here. >> we're waiting for them with open arms. >> tomorrow the royal couple will attend a polo match near santa barbara. hope they enjoy their stay here, brief though it is. 6:08 is the time. gasoline prices were supposed to make a big drop due
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that ball is fair. >> ouch. perhaps you turned off the nationals-cubs game last night thinking the cubs were going to cruise to victory because they were ahead 8-0. if so, you're in for a rude awakening this morning. the nationals blew that eight-run lead and lost 10-9. the cubs stored nine unanswered runs and took a 9-8 lead before the nats pulled even in the eighth. the cubs then scored the winning run in the tenth. >> tough night. >> on to the next game. >> that's right. >> try to get it out of your mind. >> exactly.
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6:11. time for weather and traffic on the ones. you see a big round ball of fire out there, tom. that's the sun coming up now in a partly cloudy sky in washington. however, radar south and east of us is picking up some very heavy rain that is now showing up just to the east of richmond. it was traveling north-northeast. just in the last few minutes, it has taken a turn to the right and going just about due east now. much of this heavy rain is going to be missing the northern neck, and will certainly be now missing does look like st. mary's county. it is going to be crossing the bay and heading over toward the lower eastern shore in the next hour or so. right now we're in the upper 60s, low to mid-70s throughout most of the region. 77 at reagan national. there's the sunrise over the potomac river. by 9:00, still a little bit of sunshine in and around the metro area. by noontime and during the afternoon hours, we'll likely
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have heavy downpours and maybe a bit earlier than that out of the mountains. there's a threat of flooding all the way into this friday night. a look at the weekend into next week. that will be in ten minutes. now, danella, how's traffic? starting out in d.c., i still have "u" street shut down between 13th and 14th street due to fire activity. avoid that area. i do want to take you up to maryland. i have a disabled vehicle inner loop of the beltway blocking the right lane as you pass new hampshire avenue. i want to take you down to 66. you are slow as you pass the bypass and make your way to the rest area. i'm going to give you a live look. 66, your lanes are filled. i also want to take you over to 95. i see your slow out of the occoquan as you go through to lorton. joe and eun, back to you. >> thank you, danella. our time is 6:13. the freak and tragic accident at a baseball
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his death. right now all systems are go for the final liftoff of the space shuttle "atlantis." this is a live look from the kennedy space center, cape canaveral. the shuttle is scheduled to launch at 11:26 this morning. nasa says the chances of a launch are at 30% right now. "atlantis" and four astronauts will carry a load of supplies to the international space station. the 12-day mission will end nasa's entire 30-year-old space shuttle program. 30 people are gathered along the space coast of florida to witness this historic launch. >> this is like the best. to sit here and see it all lit up. it's crazy, crazy good. >> you can see in this weather map a lot of cloud cover over the kennedy space center. the big question is will the
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clouds and storms clear out for the launch. meteorologist tom kierein is looking at that and is here with some answers. >> the very latest. here's the radar over florida. it's showing most of the rain is on the gulf coast of florida from naples on up toward tampa. that's going to be passing well west. the latest indications are a 60% chance of storms. they have a 40% chance they'll get that launch under way. right now at the launch site itself, there really is no rain at all. here's cape canaveral, don't have any storms around now. they have a decent chance they may get it off. joe? >> thanks very much, tom. 10,000 workers as the g goddard space flight center in greenbelt will be watching the launch. they have provided much of the technology, engineering, and communications work over the last 30 years of shuttle missions. the loss of the shuttle program will mean the loss of thousands
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around the country, but many at the goddard facility are expected to be retained. watch "news 4 midday" for coverage of the final shuttle launch. once again, the shuttle is scheduled to launch at 11:26. 6:18 now. this morning a tragic reminder of just how important it is to be careful while going for a ball at a baseball game. a fan in texas died after falling out of the stands while trying to catch a ball. we have video of the incident, and we want to warn you it may be difficult to watch. the fan tried to catch a ball tossed to him by texas rangers outfielder josh hamilton. he fell head first about 20 feet and landed onto concrete behind a 14-foot high wall supporting a video board. paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he died. the d.c. council is considering a proposal that would license the district to distribute guns. that's according to the "washington examiner." under the plan gun owners who
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want to bring handguns into d.c. would have to ship them to government offices to get the stamp of approval. right now there are no gun sellers in the district. district council will review that proposal next week. now, this morning colleges in virginia are reviewing a decision by the commonwealth's attorney general claiming that it's legal for students at uva to carry concealed weapons on campus. students need a permit from the state, and the school can prohibit people from carrying guns in the open. george mason university's weapons policy apparently won't need to be changed. it restricts guns in campus buildings and at campus events. that's believed to be specific enough to meet the law. virginia tech officials will meet with its board of directors to decide whether the language needs to be revised on its policy that bans weapons. a virginia store is accused of selling a banned product. k2 spice, a synthetic marijuana product that produces a high
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similar to pot. authorities arrayeded arabica tobacco in falls church seizing 200 packets of k2. the drug enforcement administration says k2 is a potential health risk, increasing the risk of seizures in people who use the drug. after a brief dip, it appears that gasoline price,climbing back up. prices in maryland, virginia, west virginia, as well as the national average, are all up from a week ago. what is causing this latest increase? news 4's megan mcgrath is live in crystal city, virginia, with the answer. good morning, megan. >> good morning, joe. there are a couple of different reasons, but if you're watching the prices go up and down, it can make you down right sea sick, they're changing so often. in the latest fluctuation, the price of crude oil is again on the rise. looks like it's heading toward the $100 a barrel mark. crude is rising despite the fact the u.s. and other nations agreed to release millions of barrels of crude from their emergency reserves. the u.s. has agreed to release about 30 million barrels.
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that may seem like a lot, though, but actually, if you put it into context, 30 million barrels is less than two days worth of domestic consumption in this country. really only a drop in the bucket. why are the prices going up? of course, it's summertime. that means that demand goes up, just historically that happens every year. also, the economies around the world appear to be showing signs of recovery. that increases demand and drives up the prices as well as creates concern about supply. we've been talking to drivers about these prices and the way they're all over the map, and they just don't understand what's going on. >> i mean, they need to pick a price and stick to it. once we think it's going down, it shoots back up again. >> i've got to fill up my tank from woodbridge. the way it's going, it's very, very, very horrible. >> reporter: prices on the rise again, but next week, joe, who knows? back to you. >> megan mcgrath, thanks very much. it is now 6:21. time for weather and traffic on
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the ones. meteorologist tom kierein is here to tell us more about the steamy forecast and maybe some rain on the way, tom. >> indeed. on radar now, don't have any rain near washington, south and east of washington, there are heavy downpours now traveling east of richmond. they were heading north toward the northern neck. it will look like that. now they've taken a turn to the right heading east. should be crossing the bay into the lower part of the eastern shore. perhaps another hour or so. else g elsewhere, don't have rain around. temperatures in the low to mid-70s through much of the region. there's the sunrise over the potomac river. by this afternoon, heavy downpours around much of the region likely causing flooding. highs in the mid-80s. more heavy downpours tonight as well as into predawn hours on saturday. the weekend is looking better saturday and sunday. a little less humid with the sunshine back. highs around 90. might get storms tuesday. another break from high humidity and heat coming wednesday and
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thursday next week. danella, how's the commute? >> let's start out in virginia. i want to go down to fairfax county. i have a road closure. hampton road closed between henderson road and ox road. this is due to an accident. emergency response is on the scene. and 66 east you're slow from the bypass as you make your way to the rest area. a live look. we have significant volume here in this area. as you pass the rest area, it should clear up just a bit. i want to show you the beltway at the american legion bridge. good for you inner loop and outer loop in maryland. and also in virginia the beltway is clear. joe and eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks very much. 6:23. now 75 degrees. the 168-year-old
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... sometimes it just takes us a little longer to get back. ♪ good morning and welcome back. abc news has hired elizabeth smart to be an expert on child ak dux cases. she was kidnapped from her home in utah when she was 14 years old. she was held captive for nine months. she is now 23 years old and is expected to start the job within a few weeks.
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the to be lloabloid "news o world" is accused of breaking into voicemails of celebrities, and soldiers killed in iraq and afghanistan. they're investigating possibly 4,000 victims. the tabloid's last edition will go out on sunday. it is 6:26. 74 degrees.
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it is indeed the calm before the storm right now. radar is clear, but it won't be for long before the clouds will begin to roll in. meteorologist tom kierein is going to let us know when the rain might start. it's the final countdown for the shuttle program. "atlantis" is all ready to go. the chance the launch will go on for the millions in attendance and the many more waiting to watch on tv. >> you can see the clouds down there. perhaps that's a hint. good morning. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. thank you for joining us for "news 4 today." it is friday, july 8th, 2010. we' we're going to see when the rain is going to start falling. we do have a very unstable, very wet weather pattern over our region. right now the radar not showing
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any rain here, but we do have rain here with thunder and lightning east of richmond. much is going to be missing the northern neck. however, the far eastern part of the northern neck may get a brief heavy downpour in the next 20 minutes or so. and then much of the heavy rain is going to be crossing the bay and moving over the lower part of the eastern shore. locally, we've got a partly to mostly cloudy sky now. we're in the upper 60s in the shenandoah valley. blue ridge east, low to mid-70s. 77 at reagan national. we do have heavy downpours coming into western west virginia out of ohio and kentucky. that's going to be coming our way later today. there's the sky over fairfax county in the distance. it is mostly cloudy there now. and as this day does progress, we'll have our temperatures near 80 by 9:00. mid, perhaps upper 80s midafternoon. that's when we'll have the threat of heavy downpours around most of the region, including the metro area this afternoon and into tonight that could cause flooding. a look at the night planner coming up in ten minutes. eun and joe? >> thanks very much, tom.
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>> right now we're following breaking news out of northwest washington. part of "u" street is closed right now because of a liquor store fire. >> that broke out in the 1300 block of "u" street. melissa mollet is live with more on this. >> right now we still have the block between 13th and 14th on "u" street completely shut down because of the fire investigation. we went down there to shoot some video so you could really see the damage to the store. around 5:00 a.m. somebody noticed flames coming from inside "u" wine and beer. investigators arrived to heavy fire coming out of the front of the building. we understand from talking with investigators the fire started on top of refrigeration equipment and went upstairs into the two stores above the beer and wine store. the beer and wine looks like it's pretty much destroyed on the inside from a closer look, and those two businesses above, a hair salon and karate studio damaged as well.
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now, luckily, nobody injured out here in this fire. fire investigators still trying to determine exactly what caused this blaze. for right now, danella, this road is still shut down. they're telling us right now, they're not sure exactly when it will reopen. likely when this investigation wraps up. danella? >> thank you so much. luckily in that area, it's very easy to turn off on a side street and continue on your way. i want to take you down to fairfax county right now. i have hampton road still closed. this is between henderson road and ox road. i have emergency workers there. just avoid that area as you can. i also want to give you a live look right now. this is 95. i am seeing some congestion as you make your way out of lorton. the good news is, as you continue onto 395, it is a good commute so far. joe and eun? >> danella, thanks very much. traffic is moving again on northbound lanes of the baltimore-washington parkway hours after a deadly accident closed the major roadway. one person was killed and three
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others seriously hurt after the car they were in flew off into the woods near route 197 in laurel. investigators are still piecing together what led up to that crash. prince george's county plans to place mobile speed cameras at more than 100 sites near county schools. that's according to the washington examiner newspaper. the county can fine cars $40 when they're caught speeding 12 miles an hour or more over the speed limit in school zones. the program will generate about $7.5 million in revenue. it will likely be up to maryland voters to decide whetr the children of some illegal immigrants can pay instate tuition for college. opponents of the maryland version of the d.r.e.a.m. act have enough signatures to force a referendum on the law. that referendum will probably end up on next november's ballot. the washington times is reporting the d.r.e.a.m. act will be sus ppended until then. the d.r.e.a.m. act was passed this spring. it allows the children of illegal immigrants to pay instate tuition if their parents can prove they pay state taxes.
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in the day ahead in montgomery county, a woman charged with killing her coworker in bethesda. brittany norwood is accused of killing jana murray. police say she killed murray after a fight after murray found stolen items in norwood's bag. norwood then tried to hide the murder by tying herself up and blaming the attack on two masks men. the store reopened last month. casey anthony will walk out of jail a free woman in ten days. a judge sentenced her to four years in prison for lying about her daughter's disappearance. she'll be released next sunday, july 17th. she was given credit for time served and good behavior. but the court is not done with her. anthony could also be charged with the cost of searching for her daughter and trying her case. in the wake of casey anthony trial, maryland senator nancy jacobs wants to make it a felony for a parent not to report the death of a child. that's according to the kwlt baltimore sun." lawmakers in florida, new york, oklahoma, and west virginia have announced they're drafting bills
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that would force parents to report missing chirp in the first 24 hours. it will be called caylee's law. the prosecution in the anthony trial said their case was damaged by the fact that caylee's body was found so late. the child was reported missing a full month after her family last saw her. new from overnight, investigators in paris are now looking into allegations former imf chief dominique strauss-kahn tried to rape a french writer. she filed a criminal complaint against strauss-kahn of grabbing her during a 2003 interview and attempting to wrestle her to the ground. in may police arrested strauss-kahn in new york on charges he tried to rape a hotel maid. he has denied both allegations. the duke and duchess of cambridge will head to the united states today after nine busy days in canada. the young royals made a big impression during their first visit, raising expectations for their first trip to america. tracie potts has the latest from los angeles. >> reporter: good morning. hi, i'm tracie potts. we're live this morning in los
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angeles, actually in beverly hills, in front of the beverly hilton. this will be the first stop when the royal couple arrives in los angeles. today they've got a reception here, another one at the home, the private residence of the british consular general. and then they're headed up the coast to a polo match near santa barbara and then back here to l.a. pretty busy weekend, a pretty busy day here in los angeles. like they had in canada. we saw similar events there. they'll also be visiting some charities while here in los angeles. joe? >> tracie potts reporting from los angeles. thank you. while in calgary, the duchess of came brinl mabridge made one lis royal dreams come true. 6-year-old cancer patient diamond marshall wrote a letter to the children's wish foundation expressing her wish to meet the princess and give her flowers. she got more than that. kate greeted the little girl with a couple of big hugs, which reportedly made young diamond's day. very sweet moment. >> indeed. very nice. it is now 6:37.
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75 degrees. how metro is trying to make it
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welcome back. it's 6:40. 75 degrees. we saw the sun momentarily. it looks like the clouds are already starting to move in. tom says it looks like it's going to be a wet day. and the rains, when are they going to move in, tom? >> let's just say it's not going to be real sunny. a lot of cloud cover across much of the region. we could get heavy downpours around the metro area perhaps as early as noontime. right now it's dry throughout most of the region. we have temperatures in the low 70s to mid-70s in washington, around the bay, and the eastern shore. it's in the 60s shenandoah valley and points west. over the last hour, we've had heavy downpours, thunder and lightning develop east of richmond. that's tracking east-northeast, now about to cross the bay, passing just to the south of st. mary's county. and there's the sky over virginia now, where we have quite a bit of cloudiness. in fact, all around most of the region we do.
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a little sun maybe in and out this morning. overall, quite cloudy. noontime into the afternoon is when we'll likely have passing storms with heavy rain. some of these heavy downpours could cause flooding. localized flooding possible again tonight as well. all the way through much of this friday night. we could have some very heavy rains that may cause creeks and streams to come out of their banks and overflow roadways. a look at the weekend, improving news, and a look into next week in ten minutes. danella, how's traffic? let's start out in d.c. "u" street shut down between 13th and 14th street due to fire activity. let's head down to virginia. hampton road closed between henderson road and ox road. i want to show you this now. if you're traveling outer loop of the beltway in maryland, you're slow as you make your way from new hampshire avenue to georgia avenue. new hampshire avenue, you're traveling at 33 miles an hour. here's a live look. it is definitely stop and go. back to you, joe and eun. >> danella, thanks very much. 6:42. 74 degrees. it's never too early to start
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shopping. but who's ready to
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welcome back. 6:45. the countdown is under way for
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space shuttle "atlantis," and the 30-year-old shuttle program comes to an end. a live look from the kennedy space center. nearly 1 million people gather to go watch, but bad weather could delay the historic launch. nbc's jay gray is live at the launch. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, eun. they are still watching the clouds hanging over pad 39a right now. weather watchers telling us still 70% no go at this point, but they continue to work through final preparations, getting ready in case there is a break in the clouds. those clouds you talked about, they are beginning to assemble. people camping overnight to try to get the best spot they could for a chance to get one last glimpse at history here. they'll continue to watch and see how things unfold here at the space coast. they'll have a meeting in about 15 minutes or so. the weather officers along with mission managers really to look at the long range forecast. when we talk about that, we'll
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look at long range until about 11:0. launch scheduled for 11:26 here. they'll stop the crew gearing up and getting into their suits at 7:06. they'll have a quick meeting. right now it looks as though they'll continue with that and go through the process and hope to get some kind of break in the weather here. if that is the case, this is the final launch as you talked about. "atlantis" moving to the international space station and delivering supplies, experiments and spare parts. it's quite a payload and something they will get up there and leave for the last time on an american vessel. they're trying to keep it stocked through at least the year 2012. that's the latest. one other note of interest for you in the d.c. area. it looks like joe gibbs is one of the vips who will be here to watch the launch if it happens. hopefully, the coach will get to see the shuttle go off. >> he's lucky. hopefully he'll bring some luck. what happens if the launch is scrubbed today? >> reporter: if it's scrubbed
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today, they will likely go on a 48-hour hold. the reason being the crews couldn't get back through these crowds and congestion, get home and get the required rest in time to get back for a saturday launch window. that will push into sunday, when the weather is suppose to be a bit better. they're also working to try to get a monday window just in case, and the forecast gets even better for monday. >> jay gray live for us at the kennedy space center this morning. jay, thanks so much. >> reporter: thank you. >> be sure to watch "news 4 midday" for coverage on the final shuttle laurchnch. some metro riders can add money to their smart card from their own computer. it allows them to add money with a credit card as opposed to going to a machine to do it. 5,000 riders were selected for this program. it will last about four weeks. take a look at the new metro
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rail cars. metro released the final design for this generation of rail cars to be known as the 7000 series. the units will have a blue and gray interior with 64 vinyl padded seats. plus more grab handles for standees. you'll also notice there's no carpeting on the floor. it has resilient nonslip flooring. the cars will also have two lcd route maps and four video screens tracking train locations and station names. these new cars will replace the system's oldest models. the 1000 series. the new fleet will be delivered in 2013. today we'll get a pretty good indication on how the economy is faring. in less than two hours, the jobs report will be released for june. nicole lapin has more on what the report is scheduled to reveal. >> good morning, eun. wall street and main street alike are awaiting the big economic report of the day, the june jobs number.
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the report probably picked itself up off the map. forecasters looking for 125,000 new jobs last month. that was boosted by stronger than expected numbers on the private sector we got in yesterday. unemployment, though, is seen holding steady at 9.1%. your kids may have just gotten out of school a couple of weeks ago, but a lot of retailers are already thinking about the classroom bell ringing yet again in september. some are jumping the gun to get shoppers' attention extra specially early. last year consumers spent $55 billion. toys r us began its pack to school program last week. walmart will display its school supplies under a giant crayon shaped pillar, i suppose. staples also kicking off sales coming up on wednesday. office depot and target all following suit on sunday. that's the latest news on cnbc. guys, back to you. >> doesn't it seem a little too early for back to school shopping when it's still july and hot and humid out there,
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nicole? >> put ear muffs on the kids right now, don't even talk about heading back to school. it's big business for a lot of retailers. >> nicole lapin, thanks so much. have a great weekend. >> you too. thanks. beware of bears. they are roaming around the area. black bears have been sighted in bethesda and leesburg in loudoun county. it is cell phone video showing a young black bear devouring the seeds in a bird feeder in the backyard of a bethesda home. dave colvin took the video. he said the bear chewed holes in his feeder and drank the water from the bird bath before knocking it over. >> i was kind of shocked and couldn't even think to get a shot of it, and it ran off when it saw me. and i thought that was the end of it. and then about ten minutes later it came back. >> we are going to see them this time of year. this is the time of year when the 2-year-old cubs, so last year's cubs, are being kicked out of the nest by mom, and they're trying to find a place of their own. >> he says he'll keep an eye out on the deck to see whether that
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bear returns. if he does, he will push to have the bear removed. who's he going to push? >> i was going to say. >> honey, honey, remove the bear. honey. >> you go out there and get it. >> i'm right behind you. >> as you close the door. >> exactly. >> all right. tom, tell us more about this forecast. hot and humid but maybe rain to relieve us a little bit. unfortunately, too much rain all at once may occur later today, causing flooding. right now, though, the radar not showing any rain near washington. we are off to a settled start. but south and east of washington, about 100 miles away, there's some very heavy rain right now with thunder and lightning. this is just east of richmond. that is tracking et. right now a lot of lightning with this and tremendous rain now going through the virginia tidewater region, just about to cross the bay. does look like it's going to miss most of the northern neck and as well southern maryland
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probably not going to get any out of this particular storm. it is unloading a lot of rain. just shows you how much moisture there is in the atmosphere potentially. looks like that situation this afternoon. clut t clusters of heavy downpours. right now shenandoah valley around the blue ridge. washington low to mid-70s as well as around the bay. farther to our west in the 60s, western maryland, much of west virginia. there is very heavy rain coming out of the ohio valley just about to come into the mountains of west virginia. that's heading off to the east. will be coming our way later today. that's the sky over montgomery county. live picture from the weather watcher sky camera. a little sun this morning. quite cloudy. the heavy downpours this afternoon into tonight with thunder and lightning. could cause creeks and streams to come out of their banks and overflow roadways. watch out for that as well as the ponding of water. this flood threat exists all the way through friday night into very early saturday morning into predawn. saturday it will dry out. that system will move east. a little less humid with the sun back and not too humid sunday as
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well. a great summer day. getting more humid on monday, into the low 90s. could get storms on tuesday. a break from the heat and humidity on wednesday and thursday. you can check the weather any time, weather channel on cable. 6:53 now. breaking news out of northwest washington. part of "u" street is closed right now because of a liquor store fire. the name of the store is "u" wine and beer. >> broke out just before 5:00 this morning on the 1300 block of "u" street. fortunately, a fire station is just a block away. firefighters did arrive within minutes. no one was injured. let's get right to danella sealock for the latest on the traffic mess created by all this. good morning, danella. >> good morning. we are seeing a closure on "u" street. this is a live look at "u" street. "u" street is shut between 13th and 14th streets, but it's pretty easy in this area to take another route. i would suggest you do this. the good news is the fire department is reporting it's not going to be closed for that much longer. i do want to take you down to fairfax county. still have hampton road closed.
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this is in between henderson road and ox road. avoid that area. and a quick look at the beltway outer loop. you're slow in maryland from new hampshire avenue as you make your way from georgia avenue. i want to show you new york avenue in d.c. at new jersey avenue. i'm seeing congestion in this area. joe and eun, back to you. >> danella, thanks very much. this morning gas prices on their way up again. price ins maryland, virginia, west virginia, as well as the national average all up from a week ago. news 4's megan mcgrath is live in crystal city with more on what's causing this price increase. not good timing either, megan. good morning. >> reporter: not good timing. is there ever good timing for the gas prices to go up? not really. if you take a look over my shoulder, $3.83 for a gallon of regular gasoline at this particular station. the price,going up. there are a number of different reasons for that. the latest fluctuation is probably due to crude oil prices. they are on the rise yet again, and it looks like they're heading toward $100 a barrel.
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crude is rising rather despite the fact the u.s. and other nations agreed to release millions of barrels from their emergency reserves. the u.s. is actually releasing 30 million barrels. but really, if you think about it, that's just a drop in the bucket. that's less than two days worth of domestic consumption. it brought prices down for a little while. again, they're headed back up. why are the prices going up? a lot of folks headed out of town. that historically drives prices up. also, there's good news the economies around the world seem to be improving. while that is a good thing, it has a negative impact on prices. when the economy starts to recover, the demand for gasoline goes up, and they get concerned about supplies, and that drives the prices up. that's some of what we're seeing here. unfortunately, prices starting to creep back up yet again. eun, back to you. >> megan mcgrath live in crystal city. megan, thank you. 6:56. the morning's top stories.
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